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Six killed as gunmen invade Benue community
Six people have been reportedly killed in a fresh attack on Umella village in Mbawa Council Ward of Guma Local Government Area of Benue State.…
Six people have been reportedly killed in a fresh attack on Umella village in Mbawa Council Ward of Guma Local Government Area of Benue State.
Villagers told our correspondent on the telephone that the attack happened around 3pm on Thursday.
The villagers said that a lot of invaders attacked the community with guns and other weapons, killing the six people in the process.
“There was pandemonium in the village soon after the gunshots were heard from all directions. Six corpses were recovered immediately after the invaders fled the scene while some people sustained injuries,” a villager said.
Chairman of Guma LGA, Mike Ubah, confirmed the killing of the six persons to our correspondent on the telephone.
Ubah said the attackers were suspected armed herders, adding that one of the victims wqs macheted beyond recognition.
“Yesterday (Thursday), at about 3:40pm, armed herders attacked Tse-Umella village in Ortese community and killed six persons,” he said.
Also, the Benue State Special Adviser on Security Matters, Lt. Col. Paul Hemba (rtd), told Daily Trust that six people were killed in the attack while two people were badly injured.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, SP. Catherine Anene, however, did not respond to our correspondent’s calls and text message sent to her telephone, seeking comments on the incident.